There are so many reasons to practice yoga at home. But if you’ve never done it before, it can seem really daunting! I often come across folks who say ‘I’d never get the motivation to do yoga at home, I need to be in class’. So I’ve come up with some tips to help you to motivate yourself.
1. Yoga is Your New Teeth Cleaning Regime
Remember that it’s hard to form a habit, but once it’s formed, old habits do die hard.
Imagine how silly it would seem if someone said that they just couldn’t motivate themselves to clean their teeth!
Change the way you think of it. Instead of thinking of your home yoga time as a ‘nice to have’ think of it as an essential. Your home yoga is as essential as cleaning your teeth.
It doesn’t need to be a long practice, but just get on your mat and move. If only for 5 minutes.
Like cleaning your teeth, it’s useful to do your home yoga at a set time each day. Most people find first thing in the morning the best time to practice.
2. Set Yourself Goals
Remind yourself why you were attracted to think about doing yoga at home. What benefits were you looking for?
Do you still want greater health, happiness, a clearer mind, more focus and an all-round amazing feeling in your body? Just focus on your reasons and know that the benefits won’t happen unless you do the practice.
I’d love to do the practice for you, but you need to do it for yourself!
3. Start a Journal
If you’re not sure that the practice is doing the trick and if you’re achieving the things you wanted to, start to write down how you feel before and after your practice. It can help to start to journal at the beginning and end of each day to check in with yourself and your goals.
4. Take The Effort Out Of It!
Roll out your mat and decide which class you want to practice the evening before so that you have everything ready and no excuses. That way all you need to do is make your cuppa and then you’re all ready to go.
>>Remember that you’re bespoking your practice and your life by choosing home practice>>
I love to practice at home and rarely go to a studio. When I do, it’ll be a very carefully chosen class which is well worth all the extra time and effort in getting there. But how to guarantee that the class will provide exactly what i need by the time I’ve made the effort? It’s a tricky one!
5. Take Two Minutes
When in doubt, if you really can’t be bothered to do your home practice, do this:
2 minutes of sitting gratitude practice.
For a full 2 minutes sit down very quietly and think of just how lucky you are for the body you’re born with, for being born, for the here and now and for all the wonderful things, people and occurrences in your life.
Even if you just do 2 minutes of quiet contemplation, that’s a really lovely practice. And you never know, after getting excited about your life, you may just find yourself rolling out your mat and moving….
With love and the best of intentions!